Home plants are a great way to liven up a room and add a breath of life to it. But this is not the only reason why it is worth keeping plants in the house. Choosing the right houseplants will improve the air and help your he alth.
People spend most of their lives indoors, whether at home or in the office. In this case, it is important to know what kind of air is in these rooms, whether it meets the standards necessary to maintain our he alth. Some houseplants are ways to purify the air and make it better.
NASA (space research center), concerned about the problem of air pollution caused by the growing industrialization of society, decided to conduct a study and find out how great the ability of indoor plants to purify the air.
What harmful substances are in the air
The impact of these substances on the human body depends on many factors, such as the duration of contact, the amount of the harmful substance, its form, etc.
Trichlorethylene is found in printer inks, paintings, drying oil, varnishes, glossy finishes, adhesives. Symptoms arising from short-term exposure: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.
Formaldehyde has been found in paper bags, paper napkins and towels, wax paper, facial tissues, synthetic tablecloths, chipboard, plywood panels and other synthetic room furnishings. Symptoms with short-term exposure: irritation of the nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the throat and lungs.
Gasoline emit plastic, rubber, synthetic fiber, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, medicines, pesticides. May also be found in varnishes, adhesives, furniture paints and polishes, tobacco smoke, and car exhaust. Symptoms with short-term exposure: eye irritation, drowsiness, dizziness, increased heart rate, confusion in the head and even loss of consciousness.
Xylene is found in printed matter, rubber, leather and paint products, tobacco smoke and car exhaust. Symptoms on short-term exposure: irritation of the mouth, nasopharynx, larynx, headache, dizziness.
Ammonia found in window cleaners, floor polish, aromatic s alt and fertilizers. Symptoms on short-term exposure: eye irritation, cough, sore throat.
List of indoor plants that clean the air well
NASA researchers tested how well houseplants can absorb chemicals such as formaldehyde (found in chipboard and many other synthetic items in the home) and benzene (found in cigarette smoke and some paints and glues). The list of plants below will help you make your home air safer and feel better. By the way, some of these useful plants, such as Chinese evergreens, are very easy to care for.
- Decorative chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)
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